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The 2016 Volvo V60 Polestar Is the One to Have

If you’re looking for a really rare wagon that’s fast, you’re probably considering all the usual suspects: an older Audi S4 Avant, a Volvo 850R Wagon or maybe a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon. But if you’re looking for something newer than the Volvo and the Audi and a bit more budget-friendly than the E63, you might want to consider a 2016 V60 Polestar.

Now, the V60 Polestar wasn’t only made in 2016 — in fact, Volvo also offered it in 2017 and 2018, and the V60 has been redesigned for the 2019 model year with a new Polestar high-performance version on the way. But the 2016 model is extra special, because it’s the only year it ever came with a 6-cylinder engine.

Here’s the basic breakdown: the V60 came to North America for the 2015 model year, and the top-end version was called the R-Design, which had a 325-horsepower turbo 6-cylinder engine. In 2016, the Polestar arrived as a new high-performance version slotted above the R-Design — and it used a more powerful version of the 6-cylinder, touting 345 hp and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque. It was a fast wagon for fast wagon fans.

For 2017, however, things changed: the 6-cylinder was eliminated. Instead, Volvo gave Polestar models a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, the same engine used in other V60 models, with extra power. The Polestar had 362 horses, more than before, but torque dropped to 347 lb-ft — and you could feel the change. The Polestar was still fast, and it was still cool, but it wasn’t the same as the 2016 model.

The Polestar and its powerful 4-cylinder continued for the 2018 model year, and a new one is on the horizon — but it’ll surely have the 4-cylinder. Fast wagon fans looking for the best V60, therefore, can set their sights on the 2016 model as sort of a rare, single-year, cream-of-the-crop version, as it’s the rarest, and has the largest engine and the most torque. Indeed, it’s so rare that there are only a handful of 2016 V60 Polestar models currently listed for sale on Autotrader.

But if you’re a fan of fast wagons, you know all about rarity — and you know this is probably the V60 for you. Find a Volvo V60 for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More
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